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Middletown Transcript
  • Townsend man charged in Jan. 1 burglary

  • Robert Johnson, who resides in the 600 block of Taylor Street, was unable to post the $5,000 secured bond he was issued after being charged with second-degree burglary and robbery.
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  • An 18-year-old Townsend man, who police said burglarized and assaulted a man in his William Penn Village apartment Jan. 1, is being held in the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility.
    Robert Johnson, who resides in the 600 block of Taylor Street, was unable to post the $5,000 secured bond he was issued after being charged with second-degree burglary and robbery.
    At around 7:26 p.m. Jan. 1, New Castle County Police were called to the unit block of Windmill Lane for an assault that had just occurred.
    When officers arrived, the male victim said that an unknown subject who unlawfully entered his apartment and stole his laptop computer assaulted him, said Cpl. John Weglarz, a spokesman for the County Police department.
    Police learned that the victim had several people in his apartment during the day and at around 7 p.m., he asked them to leave.
    Soon after, the victim heard those subjects causing a disturbance in the hallway, and seconds later, Johnson knocked on his door, Weglarz said.
    Police said that Johnson punched the victim in the face and forced his way into the residence. He removed the victim's laptop and fled the apartment on foot.
    After speaking to witnesses, police were able to determine Johnson was the burglar and were able to locate him at a nearby restaurant where he was with friends.
    Johnson was charged and committed after failing to post a $5,000 secured bond.
    The victim's laptop was recovered at the home of Johnson's friend.
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